How to Ensure You’re Getting Admissible Evidence

Posted On April 25, 2018

When there is a possibility of an investigation making it to trial, admissible evidence is what you need, and it is crucial to the success of your case.

As Private Investigators, our training has taught us that when we receive a case, whether private, legal, or corporate, we must always ensure that all evidence is gathered both legally and ethically. By doing this we increase the amount of evidence provided to our clients that will be considered admissible in a court of law.

What is the difference between admissible evidence and persuasive evidence?

Admissible evidence is always the goal. It is what we aim to gather when conducting investigations and surveillance. However, in some cases, admissibility isn’t always necessary. When an investigation is being conducted to simply gather information on a subject, for example, a client just wants answers or help deciding how to proceed further with an investigation, admissibility it less of a concern because they don’t plan on taking it to trial.

Unfortunately, even when investigators abide by all laws and regulations – doing everything by the book – admissibility is sometimes completely out of our control. Human judgement is unpredictable, and what one judge might find acceptable and “admissible”, another may not. Using evidence of unrelated events/acts to prove a subject’s character (or lack thereof) is usually frowned upon. However, using the same evidence to prove a motive or intent is another story entirely!

Private investigators are trained in the art of evaluation. We must evaluate evidence as it is gathered, deciding along the way what is most important. Which address should we check first? Which leads should we follow up? Which sources should we exhaust? These are all important questions that investigators ask themselves each and every day. We can’t be everywhere at the same time, so we must evaluate our options and follow the leads that seem most promising to the success of an investigation.

An experienced investigator has asked themselves these questions countless times. They know, from EXPERIENCE, which methods have proved successful in the past. And although every investigation is unique, experience is invaluable! Private investigators are trained to get you the evidence that you need. Period.


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